The Republic of India is the largest democracy on the planet and rightfully proud of her place on the world stage.
Already proving to be an economic powerhouse, those who want to see their nation progress into the 21st century are too often seeing their fellow citizens and government revert back to its ancient and technically illegal caste system.
To Western eyes, India’s millennia-old caste system is not only seen as archaic but also very often brutish, if not simply barbaric. Case in point; as reported by the American Thinker news portal, The Australian news service, both on Aug. 29, 2015, and also Scotland’s The Daily Record on Aug. 30, 2015, depending on one’s outlook, the town of Baghpat is 30 miles and 3,000 years from the national capital of New Delhi.
As reported, an unelected Baghpat town council has found Ravi Kumar guilty of falling in love and eloping with a yet to be publicly identified local woman. The problem for Davi and his beloved is that he’s a Dalit, she’s a Jat.
With the Jats recognized as constituting a legitimate caste, Ravi committed a major crime, albeit illegal, by making both social and physical contact with her. As punishment, the town council ordered that “Meenakshi Kuwari, 23, and her 15-year-old sister, have been forced to flee their home after villagers ordered that they should be stripped naked and paraded with their faces blackened before being raped to atone for their brother’s crime.”
Not done yet, villagers also reportedly ransacked the family home, resulting in the family’s father and both sisters fleeing “to Delhi and appealed to India’s Supreme Court for protection if they return to the village.” According to Summit Kumar, another brother to the sisters, he told “human rights campaigners that he fears for their lives if they return. Local police offer little protection…